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Eagles hold state convention, host young girl with EB

September 04, 2010
  • Standing, from left, Paul Armstrong, 2009-10 Maryland State Eagles Aerie president; and Helen Barnhart, 2009-10 Maryland State Eagles Auxiliary president; and seated, from left, Katie Murray, Joella Murray and Joe Murray.
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BRUNSWICK, Md. - Brunswick Eagles No. 1136 Aerie and Auxiliary hosted the 105th annual convention of the Maryland State Aerie and 33rd annual convention of the Maryland State Auxiliary June 25 to 27.

Joint opening ceremonies were held June 25. Attendees from the Aeries and Auxiliaries from the state of Maryland, and representatives from the Grand Aerie and Auxiliary were in attendance. Also attending the opening ceremonies were Mayor Carroll Jones, council members Walt Stull and Karin Tome, and Milt Frech, Brunswick's chief of police.

The Aerie presented donations to the Brunswick Volunteer Ambulance Co. and the Brunswick Volunteer Fire Co.

Aerie and Auxiliary business meetings were conducted on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Aerie meetings were presided over by State Worthy President Paul J. Armstrong of Brunswick 1136; Auxiliary meetings were presided over by State Madam President Helen Barnhart of Hagerstown No. 694 and Brunswick No. 1136.

On June 26, the convention banquet was held. The banquet is a time for fraternalism, recognition of honored guests, and presentation of charity checks.

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In addition to the local, state, and grand representative, the group was thrilled to have Joella Murray and her parents, Katie and Joe, in attendance. Joella was born with Epidermolysis Bullosa and has been a part of the Eagle family for three years. The Eagles surprised Joella with a birthday cake and cards for her third birthday. She has celebrated each of her birthdays with the Eagles.

Also in attendance was Mary Sprague, executive director of Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association of America (DEBRA). The highlight of the evening came when the parade of checks for DEBRA was presented. After all the checks, grants, personal donations and proceeds from the annual golf tournament were totaled, the presentation to DEBRA amounted to more than $35,000.

Barnhart decided before she went into office to have EB as the combined charity and the efforts of all Aeries and Auxiliaries were truly appreciated by both.

On June 27, the convention concluded with the joint installation of state officers for 2010-11. State Worthy President is Kenny Stouts of Brunswick 1136. State Madam President is Kim Armistead of Gaithersburg, Md., No. 3509.

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